Cinderella, Gillian Lynne Theatre, London, 19 August–13 February, from £19.50
After several postponements, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella is finally going to the ball. His first musical in six years, with a book by screenwriter of the moment Emerald Fennell, examines the pressures on modern women, challenging the fairytale notion that you need a makeover in order to be loved. But it’s not all serious, Fennell tells The Times. “This show is almost entirely made up of leather micro-lederhosen, quivering milkmaids… romance and (tasteful) male toplessness: it’s what the Brothers Grimm would have wanted.”
High Tea & Jazz, Fortnum & Mason, London, August 12, 19 and 26, £80
Jazz club Ronnie Scott’s will be “swinging by” Fortnum & Mason’s Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon on Thursday evenings through August for “another kind of jam”. Live music will be paired with a lavish high tea – expect champagne, lobster omelette, lamb wellington, patisserie and, of course, scones.
No need to book
Piccadilly Art Takeover, London, until 31 August, free
The Royal Academy has transformed Piccadilly into an outdoor exhibition space with colourful zebra crossings, floating canvases by artists including Yinka Shonibare and an Isaac Julien film streaming on repeat. Just down the road, the National Gallery has put replicas of the nation’s favourite paintings – think Botticelli, Turner and Van Gogh – on Trafalgar Square as part of its Inside Out festival. Inspired? You can create your own masterpiece on one of 30 easels.